Online Advertising Degree Curriculum
The online Advertising degree curriculum is designed to help you build the solid foundation your career needs. The advertising curriculum, designed and taught by practicing professionals, includes courses in advertising copy and design, media planning, graphics, integrated marketing, research, desktop publishing, consumer behavior, brand communications and business management. Graduates of the Advertising degree program will be prepared to enter the advertising industry in the creative and management divisions of corporations and agencies.
Transfer of Credit
If you are a student who wants transfer to SNHU or simply want to finish what you started, we try to make transferring as easy as possible. We will accept up to 90 transferred academic credits and we automatically complete an official credit evaluation as part of the application review process.
Required Core Courses
School of Arts and Sciences Required Courses
COM-212: Public Speaking
This course is designed to help students develop abilities, including organization and delivery skills, for all speaking situations. The evaluation and improvement of voice, diction, articulation and posture also are studied. May not be used as literature elective.
ENG-120, ENG-121H ENG-200 or ENG-200H
Select Two of the Following:
HIS-301: World History and Culture
This course is designed to offer the student a historical and cultural understanding of Africa, India, China and Japan, in their interactions with the western world. Offered every year in the fall. Recommended for majors in History and Social Studies Education with a concentration in History. Global marker.
PSY-257: Social Psychology
Social psychology is an interesting, dynamic study of how people's thoughts, feelings and actions are affected by others. Issues discussed include prejudice, conformity, interpersonal attraction and violence. The scientific methods of studying such phenomena are emphasized. Offered as needed.
PSY-108 or PSY-108H
SCI-219: Environmental Issues
This course covers a variety of environmental topics in a manner specifically designed for the non-science major. It provides a fundamental understanding of the various processes necessary to support life on Earth and examines how human activities and attidtudes (individual, traditional, cultural and others) generate environmental issues that threaten these processes. Topics include ecology, populations, agriculture, desertification and deforestation, water and ocean pollution, air pollution including ozone depletion and acid rain, global climate change, natural resource depletion, solid and hazardous wastes, energy including fossil fuels and nuclear power, economics and sustainability.
SOC-320: Sociology of Gender
The examination of gender in society. Students will explore the social construction of gender, gender identity development, sexuality and power, and other aspects concerning the meanings and implications of being 'male', 'female', or 'transgendered'.
SOC-330: Sociology of Minority Relations
This course examines minority relations in America and other societies. It focuses on the nature of minority-dominated interaction, the sources and operation of prejudice and discrimination and the typical reactions of minorities to their disadvantaged positions. Offered as needed.
Advertising (BA) Online Major Courses
ADV-263: Advertising Copy and Design
This course focuses on the creative end of advertising, including the actual presentation of advertisements. Harmony, consistency and effective use of colors, headlines, subheadlines, borders and amplification of the features, as well as advantages and benefits of the product/service, are emphasized. Students will be familiar with the creative competencies and skills needed in the formulation of effective campaigns in various media.
ADV-340: Advertising Media Planning
This course addresses the connection between media and markets from a quantitative perspective. Students learn to read and understand available statistical tools providing measurement data of media audiences and media usage patterns. The course covers media selection criteria, such as effective reach and frequency, cost per thousand and cost per rating point, weighting, and continuity patterns. Students also become cognizant of the impact of a firm's corporate strategies, particularly the marketing and financial strategies, on media planning. Lastly, the course considers the strategic issues of fragmentation and selectivity as new technology and methods of reaching target markets emerge. Writing intensive course.
ADV-428: Promotional Research & Media Management
This course applies marketing research techniques to the field of promotion. Topics covered include research for promotional campaigns and a survey of the research companies and reports used in evaluating the success of the promotional effort.
ADV-429: Advertising Campaigns
This advanced course in advertising and promotion includes the application of marketing strategies and theories and the development of a complete, multimedia advertising campaign. Aspects covered include gathering primary and secondary marketing research data, establishing an integrated marketing strategy plan, developing creative exhibits in the strategy print and broadcast media and constructing a media traffic plan.
ADV-329 or MKT-229 and COM-230 or COM-331
ADV-462: Advertising Account Executive Seminar
This course focuses on the business, management and sales aspects of the advertising field. Students will learn about the selling and marketing of advertising campaigns and obtain the management skills and competencies that are needed to implement effective advertising planning. Students will be familiar with the roles and responsibilities of executive producers and account executives in sales and management. This is a third-year course in the marketing program.
COM-230: Graphics and Layout in Print Media
This course is an introduction to the principles and practices of graphic design. Students are introduced through lecture, demonstration and hands-on computer work to the basic elements of graphic visual communication. Adobe Illustrator is used as a primary tool in exploring visual perception through a variety of creative exercises that familiarize the student with basic visual principles such as figure/ground manipulation, shape grouping, letterform shape creation, and grid and system creation. Formal elements of graphic design such as line, shape, color, texture, pattern, balance, symmetry, rhythm, space and unity are thoroughly explored by example and hands-on computer exercises; special topics included are: designing with type, layout strategies, logo design, symbol and pictogram development and stationery systems.
MKT-229: Principles of Integrated Marketing Communications
This course is designed to give students an understanding of advertising, public relations, corporate communications and sales promotions and the role that the media plays in integrated marketing communications strategies. This course focuses on the planning, research and creative skills needed to reach IMC objectives. Writing intensive course.
MKT-360: Direct Marketing
This course explores the directing of goods and services through the consumer or business-to-business marketing channels where the desired consumer resources may be direct orders, lead generation and/or traffic generation. This course focuses on such topics as mailing list development, relationship marketing, database management, the development of an effective sales message and selection of media. The use of catalogs, direct mail letters and brochures, telemarketing and electronic marketing as ways to reach the consumer will be explored.
Select Three of the Following:
COM-126: Introduction to Mass Communication
This communications survey course covers mass media, culture, and society. The course focuses on how and why the US media operate as they do, as well as on how media performance might be improved.
COM-232: Desktop Publishing
This course is an introduction to the software application Adobe InDesign designed for the novice user. The Macintosh platform is used in the classroom studio lab, and the student is introduced to the creative and practical aspects of the desktop publishing program that is considered indispensable in the contemporary communications and design industries. This course is based on a series of introductory exercises and a regimen of hands-on practice that teaches software and design skills; students learn how to combine the use of InDesign with other professional graphics and work-processing software such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Word.
MKT-230: Retail Sales Promotion
This course focuses on sales promotion in the retail sector. The specific needs of retailers in the areas of advertising, visual merchandising, personal selling, and special events planning are among the topics addressed. The culminating project will be a sales promotion plan that will include a major special event. This project is designed to be flexible to support the range of retailing interests represented in the class.
MKT-113 and MKT-222
MKT-345: Consumer Behavior
This course explores the behavior that consumers display in searching, purchasing, using, evaluating and disposing of products. Offered every semester.
MKT-113 and PSY-108 or SOC-112
MKT-350: Ethical Issues in Marketing
This course explores current ethical issues and problems in marketing. The emphasis is on identifying crucial issues, exploring all possible viewpoints, and examining remedies in order to facilitate the development of students' positions on these issues. Offered as needed.
MKT-113: Introduction to Marketing
This course examines the organization's functions for creating, communicating, and delivering value to customers. These functions, designed to meet customers' needs and organizational goals, include marketing research, environmental monitoring, target market selection, product selection, promotion, distribution and pricing.
MKT-337: Marketing Research
This course compares and contrasts secondary and primary research with emphasis on the latter. Students explore different types of primary research as well as the basic research methods. It focuses primarily on the survey.
MKT-113 and MAT-220 or MAT-240
Free Elective Credits: 27
Total Credits: 120
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